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  1. Diabetes in children and young people (QS125)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children and young people (under 18). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  2. Suspected cancer (QS124)

    This quality standard covers the investigation and recognition of suspected cancer, and referral to specialist cancer services for adults, young people and children. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  3. Home care for older people (QS123)

    This quality standard covers care and support for older people living in their own homes (known as home care or domiciliary care). It covers people aged over 65 using home care services, and may also cover some people under 65 with complex needs. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  4. Bronchiolitis in children (QS122)

    This quality standard covers assessing, diagnosing and managing bronchiolitis in children. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  5. Antimicrobial stewardship (QS121)

    This quality standard covers the effective use of antimicrobial medicines (including antibiotics) to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance, which is when antimicrobial medicines lose their effectiveness. It covers all settings and all types of antimicrobials for treating bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic infections. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  6. Medicines optimisation (QS120)

    This quality standard covers the safe and effective use of medicines. It covers people of all ages who are taking medicines, including those who are not getting the full benefit from their medicines. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  7. Food allergy (QS118)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing, assessing and managing food allergy in children and young people (under 19) and adults. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  8. Community engagement: improving health and wellbeing (QS148)

    This quality standard covers community engagement approaches to improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities, and initiatives to change behaviours that harm people’s health. This includes building on the strengths and capabilities of communities, helping them to identify their needs and working with them to design and deliver initiatives and improve equity.

  9. Healthy workplaces: improving employee mental and physical health and wellbeing (QS147)

    This quality standard covers the health and wellbeing of all employees, including their mental health. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It does not cover managing long-term sickness absence.

  10. Head and neck cancer (QS146)

    This quality standard covers assessing, diagnosing and managing head and neck cancer, including cancer of the upper aerodigestive tract in people aged 16 and over. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  11. Vaccine uptake in under 19s (QS145)

    This quality standard covers increasing vaccine uptake among children and young people aged under 19 in groups and settings that have low immunisation coverage. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  12. Care of dying adults in the last days of life (QS144)

    This quality standard covers the clinical care of adults (aged 18 and over) who are dying, during the last 2 to 3 days of life. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  13. Menopause (QS143)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing menopause in women, including women who have premature ovarian insufficiency (menopause before the age of 40, which can occur naturally or as a result of medical or surgical treatment). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  14. Tuberculosis (QS141)

    This quality standard covers preventing, identifying and managing latent and active tuberculosis (TB) in children, young people and adults. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It does not cover areas of national policy, such as the UK Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) immunisation programme.

  15. Transition from children's to adults' services (QS140)

    This quality standard covers the period before, during and after a young person moves from children's to adults' services in all settings where transitions from children’s to adults’ health or social care services take place. It covers all young people (aged up to 25) using children’s health and social care services who are due to make the transition to adults’ services. This includes young people with mental health problems, disabilities and long-term, life-limiting or complex needs, and those in secure settings or under the care of local authorities. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  16. Oral health promotion in the community (QS139)

    This quality standard covers activities undertaken by local authorities and general dental practices to improve oral health. It particularly focuses on people at high risk of poor oral health or who find it difficult to use dental services. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  17. Blood transfusion (QS138)

    This quality standard covers the general principles of blood transfusion in adults, young people and children over 1 year old. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It does not cover specific conditions that blood transfusion is used for.

  18. Mental wellbeing and independence for older people (QS137)

    This quality standard covers interventions to maintain and improve the mental wellbeing and independence of people aged 65 or older, and how to identify those at risk of a decline. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It does not cover the mental wellbeing and independence of people who live in a care home or attend one on a day-only basis.

  19. Transition between inpatient hospital settings and community or care home settings for adults with social care needs (QS136)

    This quality standard covers admissions into, and discharge from, inpatient hospital settings for adults (aged 18 years and over) with social care needs. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It does not cover inpatient mental health settings, which will be covered by a quality standard on transition between inpatient mental health settings and community or care home settings .

  20. Preterm labour and birth (QS135)

    This quality standard covers care for pregnant women who may be at risk of, or have symptoms and signs of, starting labour and giving birth early (preterm). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  21. Coeliac disease (QS134)

    This quality standard covers recognising, assessing and managing coeliac disease in adults, young people and children. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  22. Social care for older people with multiple long-term conditions (QS132)

    This quality standard covers the planning and delivery of social care and support for older people (aged 65 and over) with multiple long-term conditions. It includes people living in their own homes, in specialist settings or in care homes, both those who receive support with funding for their social care and those who do not. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  23. Intravenous fluid therapy in children and young people in hospital (QS131)

    This quality standard covers managing intravenous (IV) fluids safely and effectively for babies, children and young people (from birth to 16) in hospital. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  24. Early years: promoting health and wellbeing in under 5s (QS128)

    This quality standard covers services to support the health, and social and emotional wellbeing of children under 5, including vulnerable children who may need extra support. It includes health visitor services, childcare and early years education, and early intervention services in children’s social care. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  25. Obesity: clinical assessment and management (QS127)

    This quality standard covers assessing and managing obesity in adults, young people and children, including referral for specialist care and bariatric (weight loss) surgery. It includes people who are obese and have, or are at risk of, other medical conditions. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  26. Motor neurone disease (QS126)

    This quality standard covers assessing and managing motor neurone disease, including care, support and planning after diagnosis. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  27. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in adults (QS10)

    This quality standard covers assessing, diagnosing and managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  28. Inflammatory bowel disease (QS81)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) in adults, young people and children. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  29. Smoking: reducing and preventing tobacco use (QS82)

    This quality standard covers reducing and preventing tobacco use in adults, young people and children. It includes interventions to discourage people from taking up smoking, tobacco control strategies and smokefree policies. It is particularly relevant to local authorities, schools and colleges, employers and NHS service providers. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  30. Alcohol: preventing harmful use in the community (QS83)

    This quality standard covers preventing and identifying alcohol problems in the community. It includes policy and practice approaches to prevent harmful alcohol use in adults, young people and children. It is particularly relevant to local authorities, the police, and schools and colleges. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  31. Transient loss of consciousness ('blackouts') in over 16s (QS71)

    This quality standard covers assessing, diagnosing and referring people (aged 16 and over) who have had a transient loss of consciousness (often called a blackout). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  32. Renal replacement therapy services for adults (QS72)

    This quality standard covers renal replacement therapy services for adults with kidney failure. It includes treatment options, such as dialysis and kidney transplant. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  33. Fertility problems (QS73)

    This quality standard covers assessing and treating fertility problems in people with explained and unexplained infertility, including access to IVF treatment. It also covers cryopreservation before cancer treatment that may affect fertility. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  34. Urinary incontinence in women (QS77)

    This quality standard covers managing urinary incontinence in women (aged 18 and over). It covers assessment, care and treatment options. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  35. Sarcoma (QS78)

    This quality standard covers providing and organising services for people with sarcoma. It includes pathways for referral and diagnosis, treatment and support for adults, young people and children with sarcoma. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  36. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in adults (QS79)

    This quality standard covers managing idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (gradual scarring of the lungs) in adults. It includes diagnosis by a multidisciplinary team, managing symptoms and palliative care. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  37. Depression in adults (QS8)

    This quality standard covers the clinical assessment and management of depression in adults (aged 18 and over). It includes adults with persistent subthreshold depressive symptoms or mild, moderate or severe depression, including those who also have a chronic physical health problem. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  38. Head injury (QS74)

    This quality standard covers assessment, early management and rehabilitation following head injury in adults, young people and children. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  39. Acute kidney injury (QS76)

    This quality standard covers preventing, detecting and managing acute kidney injury in adults, young people and children. Acute kidney injury is sudden damage to the kidneys, which can sometimes result in kidney failure. The quality standard includes assessment by non-specialists and when to refer to specialist services. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  40. Medicines management in care homes (QS85)

    This quality standard covers managing medicines safely and effectively in care homes. It includes processes for prescribing, handling and administering medicines for adults, young people, and children living in care homes. It also includes providing care and support relating to medicines. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  41. Falls in older people (QS86)

    This quality standard covers prevention of falls and assessment after a fall in older people (aged 65 and over) who are living in the community or staying in hospital. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  42. Osteoarthritis (QS87)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing, assessing and managing osteoarthritis in adults. It includes treatment and support, and referral for joint surgery. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  43. Psychosis and schizophrenia in adults (QS80)

    This quality standard covers treating and managing psychosis and schizophrenia in adults (aged 18 and over) in primary, secondary and community care. It also includes support for the families and carers of people with psychosis or schizophrenia. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  44. Gallstone disease (QS104)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing gallstones in adults. It also includes managing complications of gallstones, such as an inflamed or infected gallbladder (cholecystitis), blocked and infected bile ducts (cholangitis), and an inflamed pancreas (pancreatitis). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  45. Acute heart failure (QS103)

    This quality standard covers the care of adults (aged 18 and over) with suspected or confirmed acute heart failure. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  46. Intrapartum care (QS105)

    This quality standard covers the care of women and their babies during labour and immediately after the birth. It covers women who go into labour at term, and includes women at low risk of complications during labour and those who go on to develop complications. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  47. Bladder cancer (QS106)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing bladder cancer in adults (aged 18 and over) referred from primary care. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  48. Preventing unintentional injury in under 15s (QS107)

    This quality standard covers preventing unintentional injury in children and young people (under 15). It includes local coordination of prevention strategies, and advice and assessment to help prevent accidents in the home. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  49. Multiple sclerosis (QS108)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing multiple sclerosis (MS) in adults. It includes care, support and review for people with MS. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  50. Diabetes in pregnancy (QS109)

    This quality standard covers managing diabetes and its complications in women who are planning pregnancy or are already pregnant. It includes care for women with pre-existing diabetes before and during pregnancy, and diagnosis and management of gestational diabetes. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.